Silence on mental health is dispatched

Active Minds from UW-Whitewater has implemented the Send Silence Packing exhibition last Thursday, October 13 in front of the University Center.

Send Silence Packing aims to give people a chance to speak out about mental health awareness and give a voice to people who might not be reaching out.

About 1,000 backpacks lined the UC North Mall during the exhibit. (photo Ivy Steege)

More than 1,000 backpacks lined the grass in front of the University Center, each representing all the young people who die by suicide each year. Each of the backpacks lying in the grass has its own personal story about an individual who committed suicide. Although some may view this display as somber, the purpose is to show people that they are not alone with their struggle and that there is support for them; whether in the form of this interactive display or the members of Active Minds who were eager to help.

“The goal of the project is to let people know they are not alone when they are struggling with suicidal thoughts and to help them,” said Mckenzie Jansen, a member of Active Minds. Jansen is a member of the active minds chapter on the Whitewater campus.

The exhibit is for college-aged students to pursue their story and ask for help when needed. They believe there are more things to do to prevent suicide on college campuses.

“I think changing the conversation will be a good start, then providing resources or support and being kinder in general,” Active Minds National staff member Claire Bernhard said while discussing whether or not to do more to prevent suicide and get children who need help the right resources.

About 1,000 backpacks lined the UC North Mall during the exhibit. (Ivy Steege)

People may view themselves as weak-minded or pathetic seeking help for their mental health. However, that is not the case at all, because in the end it is the brave and the able who get through the hard times, or in this case ask someone to help them on their journey to a better place. mental state. The exhibit did a fantastic job of representing all the young lost souls.

Showing the aftermath of a suicide is an intense way to raise mental health awareness, so it seemed like there were really only a few people at the booth. But while there may not have been many pit stops, just saving one person was enough for the display to achieve its intentions.

If you or someone you know needs help with your mental health, please contact University Health and Counseling Services at 262-472-1300 or dial “988” for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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